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Old 09-09-2005, 12:20 AM   #1
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restarting, what brand is good and what should i look for

its been 3 years since my setup was dismantle and sold. and now im looking at some websites for products that i would need to restart a whole new tank and im lost, soo many new brands and newer tech that i dont know what is good and which is bad other than $$$ is ganna be alot for what i want.

can anyone do a quick write up for the basic items/brand i would needto setup a 300 gallon tank with a mid -size reef

wet-dry, overflow filter, which brand
heater, which brand
lights, which brand
power heads, i used hagen 802 wiht ceramic shaft for a long time,are they still good or is there better.
test kit, like a whole master kit to test ph nit,amo and all the good stuff.
main pump for wet/dry
protein skimmer, i had an old hob coralife skimmer and i liked it, did a great job but same question, is there better or newer tech that i should read and look into it.

$$$ is on a decent budget, not going very very crazy like i would but i do have limits lol. btw im putting this tank inside a wall division in the house, betwen the living room and the kitchen, so dont worry about canopy size and stand size, i got a whole wall to work with

soon to be 300 gal salt water with wet/dry system
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:02 AM   #2
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Filter - None, I would have the tank drilled for "reef ready" drainage and simply have a sump below the tank. Bio-filtration would be handled by liverock in the display tank.

Heater - Maybe 2 500w titanium heaters

Lights - Depends on livestock you want to keep.

Powerheads - I would run a modest amount of water through the sump and then plumb a larger pump to run a closed loop through a hole(s) drilled in the display to a manifold on top of the tank.

Test Kit - I use a Seachem master kit, with additional calcium test kit.

Protein Skimmer - Build your own, or if you are inexperienced and have the cash look for the larger model Euroreef, etc.

It's hard to gauge how to help you since you mention a "decent" budget but want a 300g reef tank. It will be expensive, multiple thousands and up.

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Old 09-09-2005, 06:00 PM   #3
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If you want to know costs on a tank of that size, you can ask Quarryshark or Brenden. They can give you a pretty good estimate on what they spent. QS - 210G and Brenden - 525G. 300G will fall somewhere in between that number.

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